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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The Painkiller Project March 2022


Deadline: March 10, 2022 10 PM GMT

The Painkiller Project will reopen for submissions on Monday 7 March (10am) until Thursday 10 March (10pm).

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The Painkiller Project is a playwriting competition with a £250 prize for each winning play. From May 2021 we will be open every other month for submissions.

Since March 2020 the project has played an important role in the development of numerous emerging playwrights. While established artists have risen to the challenge of creating work during the pandemic, a new generation of playwrights have not been given a meaningful platform. This initiative exists as a remedy.

During our Submission Windows we will allow access to the submission portal, which can be found here. You will only be able to submit your script during a submission window.
Before submitting your script, please make sure that:
  • Your name, email address and any personal details do NOT appear anywhere on your script
  • Your script is no longer than 1500 words, including directions and character names.
  • It includes a title page with a title, a synopsis and a casting suggestion for each character
  • It is either a PDF or Word file
Plays should be written for 1 or 2 actors.
The two selected playwrights will receive £250 each. We will try to give feedback to as many plays as possible but will only give it if we think it is helpful rather than for the sake of it - we don't have all the answers!

Each winning play will be produced (in audio form) and released on The Painkiller Podcast.
We request you do not submit more than one play per submission window.
We want playwrights to feel they can write about whatever they want to write about and we recommend that you have a listen to the podcasts we have already released on The Painkiller Podcast to get a sense of the kind of work we select.
We are also excited to read writing that seeks to push the boundaries of what can be achieved within this form. 
Finally, we like work that embraces complexity and moral ambiguity, and that understands how humour is essential to good writing.
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Playwrights must be 18 or over to apply.

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